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Team Queries (Agile)

You can use the work item queries that are provided with MSF for Agile Software Development to find the bugs, tasks, and other work items for which you must take action. Each query is designed to find only those work items that are defined for the team project from which they are accessed.

You can open these queries from Team Explorer by expanding your team project node, expanding Work Items, and then expanding Team Queries.

NoteNote

To access work item queries, you must have the appropriate permissions. For more information, see Organize and Set Permissions on Work Item Queries and Team Foundation Server Permissions.

If you are new to Team Foundation and team queries, you can review the following tips for an overview of how you can manage work more effectively by using team queries:

  • You can find work items that are assigned to you by opening one of the "My" team queries. To open a query, right-click it, and then click Open or View Results.

  • You can find work items that are neither resolved nor closed by using any of the Active or Open team queries. For example, the Open Work Items query lists all work items, except for shared steps, that are not closed.

  • You can modify any query by adding criteria to focus on a product area, an iteration, or another field that is defined for the types of work items that you want to find. To modify a query, right-click it, and then click Edit. For more information, see Specify Query Filter Criteria.

  • You can open any query in Office Excel and Office Project, where you can modify the query and publish your changes to the database for tracking work items. For more information, see Create, Open, and Modify Work Items Using Office Excel.

For more information about how to work with work item queries, see Finding Bugs, Tasks, and Other Work Items.

You can find the work items that are assigned to you by using one of the team queries that the following table describes. Each query returns one specific type of work item.

Team Query

Description

My Bugs

Lists all bugs that are not closed and that are assigned to the team member who is running the query.

Bugs are sorted by state, rank, priority, and severity.

My Test Cases

Lists all test cases that are not closed and that are assigned to the team member who is running the query.

Test cases are sorted by priority and then ID.

My Tasks

Lists all tasks that are not closed and that are assigned to the team member who is running the query.

Work items are sorted by state, rank, and priority.

Product owners can use the team queries that are defined in the following table to plan and track user stories that compose the product backlog.

Team Query

Description

Product Backlog

Lists all user stories that are not closed and sorts them by rank.

Product Planning

Lists all user stories that were not closed in the last 90 days and sorts them by rank.

The Product Planning workbook uses the Product Planning query. For more information, see Product Planning Workbook.

The following table describes the team queries that are listed under the Iteration 1 folder. These queries find work items that are assigned to the specified iteration. As you plan additional iterations, you can modify these queries to specify a different iteration and then save them to the Iteration 2 or Iteration 3 folders.

NoteNote

The project administrator for each team project defines area and iteration paths for that project so that the team can track progress by those designations. For more information, see Create and Modify Areas and Iterations.

Team Query

Description

Active Bugs

Lists all active bugs and sorts them by rank, priority, and severity.

Active Tasks

Lists all active tasks and sorts them by rank, priority, and severity.

Bug Triage

Lists all active bugs that are not assigned to a team member.

The Triage Workbook references this query. For more information, see Triage Workbook.

Completed Tasks

Lists all tasks that have been closed and sorts them by rank, priority, and severity.

Iteration Backlog

Lists all user stories and their linked tasks and sorts the stories by rank and priority.

Open Issues

Lists all issues under the specified iteration path that are not closed and any tasks that are linked to the issues and then sorts the issues by rank and priority.

The Issues Workbook references this query. For more information, see Issues Workbook.

Open Test Cases

Lists all test cases that are not closed and sorts them by priority.

Open User Stories

Lists all active user stories and sorts them by their stack rank.

Resolved Bugs

Lists all resolved bugs and sorts them by rank, priority, and severity.

User Stories

Lists all user stories that are not closed and sorts them by priority and then ID,

User Stories without Test Cases

Lists all user stories that do not have a link to a test case. Stories are sorted by ID.

The Work Items With Summary Values team query, which is located in the Troubleshooting folder, lists all tasks that have child tasks and that contain non-zero values in the Remaining Work or Completed Work fields. This query is designed to find tasks that report work effort that is already accounted for in their child tasks. For the hours to be counted only once, summary tasks should not be assigned any hours. For more information, see Address Inaccuracies Published for Summary Values.

The following team Office Excel workbooks are supported by the listed team query:

  • The Product Planning workbook uses the Product Planning team query.

  • The Iteration Backlog workbook uses the Iteration Backlog team query.

  • The Issues workbook uses the Open Issues team query.

  • The Triage workbook uses the Bug Triage team query.

Caution noteCaution

Because these queries support workbooks, if you change these queries, it will affect those workbooks that use them. For more information about workbooks, see Workbooks (Agile).

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